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¤CharlDa¤
Jan 29th, 2011, 12:41 PM
Hey guys!

So I'm fulfilling a lifelong dream and I'm heading North to Scandinavia for around 10-11 days in mid-March. Being in an internship in France, I can't really take a longer break, but I also want to use the fact that flights to go up there are hyper cheap from here compared to Canada.

So, I just bought my plane tickets :dance:. Leaving on the morning of the 9th to Copenhagen, then flying out of Stockholm on the 20th. Question is: how are those days going to be planned.

I for sure want to see Copenhagen, Oslo (hint at Tijn, you better come with me!) and Stockholm. I'm guessing 2-3 days in each city.

The biggest question mark is if there are any other spots worth to stop at. For example, should I stop for 1 night in Goteburg? Should I visit some of the North from Olso, then head back South to Stockholm? Is it better for me to simply stick to Cop-Olso-Stockholm with direct train routes and just get to know these cities better?

Anyways, I'm open to all suggestions of places to visit, places to stay, cities I maybe don't know about, etc!

Cheers!
CD

Njalle
Mar 2nd, 2011, 08:10 AM
It might be a bit late, but here's my suggestion.

In Denmark stick to Copenhagen and the sorrounding areas (like Elsinore if you wan't to see the location of Hamlet. Personally I like the castle of Frederiksborg in Hillerød more). Not sure how you will get to Norway, but you can opt for the ferry which will depart late in the afternoon and then the following morning you will arrive at Oslo. Check out the Heyerdal museum, Holtekolmen and stuff like that. Not sure how much time you actually have for this, but maybe you want to skip Oslo altogether, and head for Stavanger and Preikestolen - and then continue to Lofoten in Northern Norway. Basically, I think that you should go to Norway mainly for its nature and those two aforementioned places are simply stunning! Now once you are done there, head off to Stockholm and see what you like. Given the time of year, spending 2-3 days in each city is sufficient :D

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 2nd, 2011, 09:05 AM
Hey, thanks for that!

Actually, everything is planned now. I'm doing 3 days based in Copenhagen, taking two days to go up to Oslo via Goteborg (some work stuff to do there), then spendnig 3 days in Olso with Tijn (CooCooCachoo here), then 3 days in Stockholm.

I definitely plan on coming back and visit the northern part of norway and sweden, but on such a restricted time limit, it was barely impossible :( And its probably do it a bit later in the year ;)

SloKid
Mar 2nd, 2011, 01:28 PM
3 days in Oslo is more than enough. I spent 5 days past summer, arriving on Monday afternoon, leaving on Friday morning, so basically 3 full days and got to see more or less everything there is to see in Oslo.

Where will you be staying in Oslo? Any plans on what you'll see? Getting a 72 hour Oslo pass was very useful with free public transport and most entry fees into museums and such. If you have any questions just ask, I can give you a touristy point of view. :lol:

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:05 PM
Oh, thanks! 72 pass makes a lot of sense in our case.

Well, We are probably gonna take one of those days to go on a one-day trip somewhere out of Oslo.

We are sleeping in a hostel over there, booked a room with two single beds, so at least we won't be in the middle of 12 drunk americans or sthing.

So what did you like-dislike about the touristy stuff? Anything we definitely should or shouldn't do?

Drake1980
Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:14 PM
CD, you are so lucky. Oslo is amazing. You must go the the big park(Vigelund I think), with all the sculptures! It is so spetacular. There is also a tennis club right beside it with like 20 red clay courts!

Andreas
Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:24 PM
CD, you are so lucky. Oslo is amazing. You must go the the big park(Vigelund I think), with all the sculptures! It is so spetacular. There is also a tennis club right beside it with like 20 red clay courts!

Clay tennis in Norway in March? :lol: Not gonna happen.

You should visit Århus too :p It doesn't seem possible according to your plan, though. I'm afraid this is not the best time of the year to visit us in Copenhagen, but I hope you will have a great time ;)

Drake1980
Mar 2nd, 2011, 03:30 PM
Clay tennis in Norway in March? :lol: Not gonna happen.

You should visit Århus too :p It doesn't seem possible according to your plan, though. I'm afraid this is not the best time of the year to visit us in Copenhagen, but I hope you will have a great time ;)

I just meant it's cool to see. For Canadians seeing red clay courts is a treat. :lol: I remember walking to the park and coming across the courts and just being so amazed that I just like stared at them for 20 minutes. :lol:

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 2nd, 2011, 04:29 PM
Todd, you seem to forget I played a pro event on red clay before :hearts: ;)

Andreas: I come from Canada. Winter in Copenhagen is nothing! ;)

thalle
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:29 PM
I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you :)

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!

NAT
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:33 PM
If you have a car, you can drive from Copenhagen to Malmo for a bit, nice little city and the bridge across is pretty cool, though not cheap.

SloKid
Mar 2nd, 2011, 05:54 PM
Oh, thanks! 72 pass makes a lot of sense in our case.

Well, We are probably gonna take one of those days to go on a one-day trip somewhere out of Oslo.

We are sleeping in a hostel over there, booked a room with two single beds, so at least we won't be in the middle of 12 drunk americans or sthing.

So what did you like-dislike about the touristy stuff? Anything we definitely should or shouldn't do?
I stayed in Anker hostel in Oslo, two single beds as well, was great cause it was close to the city centre. In Oslo you can see a lot of stuff on foot. First day we saw the Nobel peace center, royal palace, Akershus fortress, Munch museum. Second day we went to Bygdoy peninsula, which is where stuff like the viking museum and the outdoor museum of cultural history are. You can get there by boat or by bus. And on third day we went to the Vigeland's park and Holmenkollen and also the opera house in the evening.

72 hour pass offers you some discounts for food as well, which comes handy since it's quite expensive. :lol: Holmenkollen is quite famous as the winter sport centre, but it's a bit outside town and if the weather's not the best, then there might not be much to see, as it otherwise has a pretty nice view of Oslo.

I think the Munch museum and Vigeland's park are very nice. Nobel's peace center is okay for a quick tour, but it depends what the exhibition is on (in the summer it was about apartheid and Obama as he was the award winner at the time). Museums on Bygdoy are pretty cool, but even if it's basically a part of Oslo, it still takes you a larger part of the day to go through it all, well depending on what there you feel like seeing.

Public transport is quite useful I felt as well, so it comes really handy to take you between things you want to see, so you can see as much as possible in the time you have. You get a booklet with the Oslo pass that's really helpful with all the bus/tram/metro-lines. You'll quite quickly realise, that Oslo is quite small and easy to get around. :lol:

Andreas
Mar 2nd, 2011, 06:08 PM
I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you :)

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!

Istedgade was never my cup of tea - maybe because I haven't needed a prostitute :lol:
Frederiksberg is a great city. The atmosphere is nice and it has some of the best parks and restaurants/cafés in Denmark.

Regarding Lagkagehuset, I'll recommend La Glace instead/as well. Best conditori in Denmark ;) You can go there while walking down Strøget (which I assume you will do).

It's a shame you can't go to Tivoli, though. It's a beautiful place but it doesn't open again until April.

Njalle
Mar 2nd, 2011, 11:41 PM
I love the Royal Library in Copenhagen. Their old reading-hall is amazing, so full of charisma. Some old famous international guy once sat in a chair there...
I love Gammel Kongevej, it's also very charismatic, and it's a nice walk from the center to the more idyllic Frederiksberg.
And walk along Istedgade and get another spirit of Copenhagen. Maybe eat brunch at Det Gule Hus (the yellow house) on Istedgade. It's a very nice place to have brunch.
Try a kebab from Nørrebro, it's very authentic!
And of course visit Christiania - when the weather is good. Maybe buy a cake from Lagkagehuset and bring with you :)

Hope you have a great stay in Copenhagen!

The old reading hall at the Royal Library? Where is that? I study there twice every week but I always use the new reading halls. You sure you are not talking about the Library at Fiolstæde?
http://mitkbh.dk/uploads/3dafb1c4e79e9f89ae1d7a7521fc90ab.jpg

Anyway, as Andreas I would recommend La Glace over Lagkagehuset even if I live right next to the latter. Also I like the new Illum baker (Holm), that opened right next to Lagkagehuset last year, better - but that is heresy to say around here.

Also, rent a bike to get around in Copenhagen. It is the cheapest and fastest way! And you don't have to have a car to get to Malmö - you can go by train which will take you downtown.

yukon145
Mar 3rd, 2011, 01:25 AM
I studied in Copenhagen for 6 months and have been back a few times since, and Kongens Have (The Kings Garden) in Copenhagen is one of my favorite spots in the city. It's not the best in March, but still fun to walk through.

Also check out the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, I would also walk through Nørrebro.

If you want great, cheap baked goods head to Sankt Peders Bageri (bakery):

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&biw=1280&bih=570&q=sankt%20peders%20bageri%20copenhagen&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wl

You'll thank me later after eating there.

thalle
Mar 3rd, 2011, 06:55 AM
The old reading hall at the Royal Library? Where is that? I study there twice every week but I always use the new reading halls. You sure you are not talking about the Library at Fiolstæde?
http://mitkbh.dk/uploads/3dafb1c4e79e9f89ae1d7a7521fc90ab.jpg

Anyway, as Andreas I would recommend La Glace over Lagkagehuset even if I live right next to the latter. Also I like the new Illum baker (Holm), that opened right next to Lagkagehuset last year, better - but that is heresy to say around here.

Also, rent a bike to get around in Copenhagen. It is the cheapest and fastest way! And you don't have to have a car to get to Malmö - you can go by train which will take you downtown.
I'm thinking of the Black Diamond, readinghall Nord http://multimedia.pol.dk/archive/00445/Det_Kongelige_Bibli_445490x.jpg
http://www.kulturklik.dk/media/51873/det-kongelige-bibliotek1_500px.jpg
I know La Glace is amazing, but you can't bring La Glace cakes that easy to Christiania. I like walking around Christiania with a Lagkagehuset-muffin, and it's right by the metro :)

Oh, it's Lenin who's the famous guy who sat in a chair in readinghall Nord :)

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 3rd, 2011, 10:37 AM
Ok, first of all, I must admit I find it funny I posted that maybe a month ago and no one had replied then :lol:

On that note, thanks a lot guys!!!!

@Slokid: That's exactly where Tijn and I are staying! We totally booked the same room ;)

@everyone: If you guys in those cities ever want to get together for coffee or a drink, could be cool to have a little TF meeting!

SloKid
Mar 3rd, 2011, 10:45 AM
@Slokid: That's exactly where Tijn and I are staying! We totally booked the same room ;)
:lol: I figured it might be the place. ;) But the chances of it being the same room are minimal, you'll see that the hostel is very very big. 5 or 6 floors, tons of rooms on each floor. I've read some reviews of it before and after the trip with people slating the hostel for being dirty or whatever, but I thought it was quite good. Majority of the rooms have kitchen facilities with a fridge and all, which can come quite handy and it's reasonably clean as well and location could hardly be better, 5-10 minute walk from the city centre, but there's also a tram and bus station right in front of it.

Also some comments about how it's in a bad part of town, which I thought was non-sense to be honest. Or how the staff was rude, you only have to deal with them, when you get there and when you return the key on departure, they are busy, because as I said it's a big place, but they can hardly be called rude. :lol:

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 3rd, 2011, 11:38 AM
Ponctual comments on website are usually quite deceiving. Overall, with such a high scoring on booking.com with a ton of people voting, it really couldn't be that bad.

I've never had any trouble when getting rooms from there and looking at their overall scores. Usually, they are spot on.

But great to hear about it from someone 'real' anyways ;)

propi
Mar 3rd, 2011, 03:11 PM
My experience in all these cities was great, I lived in Copenhagen 1 year and could visit Stockholm and Oslo, to be honest 3 days in Oslo may be a bit too much but the place is fine, you can try to reach Holmenkollbakken and have a nice walk around there, I did it and I enjoyed a lot despite being at minus 16 :rolleyes:, the sight of Oslo (without fog) is nice, plus you can go all the way to the top of the structure...
You will find that all three cities my resemble each other, Stockholm may be the majestic one and Oslo the most humble, with Copenhagen in the middle, but the thing is that Copenhagen is flat so you can bike around, try to reach Bakken, the old Royal hunting palace to see the deers!!
Christiania is a must even just to take a beer, nice place and music live :yeah:
And if you want to see something different try to go to the bathroom in Bankerat Cafe :lol: it's a very special place with great food, in Nansesgade, in a zone with trendy coffees.
If you have time and want to do it, you can just have a train ticket and cross the bridge to visit Malmo.
If I think about more things I will tell!

shap_half
Mar 3rd, 2011, 10:09 PM
I just returned from Stockholm, and girl, it is expensive! I paid nearly 12 EUR for a vodka tonic. That shit's not funny. But I guess Oslo and CPH are both more expensive. That said, the men are gorgeous and so is the city. I hear Gotenburg is amazing, but I didn't get to visit as I was in Stockholm for Fashion Week then jumped ship and spent nearly three weeks in my favorite city in Europe, Berlin.

There's supposed to be this ship museum that I meant to check out, but couldn't find the time. It's said to be incredible because it's huge, and in great shape after it sank on its maiden voyage.

Check out one of the Scandic Hotels (I don't remember the name. Was it Lilliabaren?). It has free concerts. I was able to see Citizen Cope there one of the nights I was there. It might be nice to just hang out there for one evening listening to some live music for free, which doesn't come often in Stockholm.

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 3rd, 2011, 10:49 PM
I'm actually staying at the Scandin Anglais for my three nights in Stockholm :) Got a great deal!

yukon145
Mar 3rd, 2011, 11:44 PM
I just returned from Stockholm, and girl, it is expensive! I paid nearly 12 EUR for a vodka tonic. That shit's not funny. But I guess Oslo and CPH are both more expensive. That said, the men are gorgeous and so is the city. I hear Gotenburg is amazing, but I didn't get to visit as I was in Stockholm for Fashion Week then jumped ship and spent nearly three weeks in my favorite city in Europe, Berlin.

There's supposed to be this ship museum that I meant to check out, but couldn't find the time. It's said to be incredible because it's huge, and in great shape after it sank on its maiden voyage.

Check out one of the Scandic Hotels (I don't remember the name. Was it Lilliabaren?). It has free concerts. I was able to see Citizen Cope there one of the nights I was there. It might be nice to just hang out there for one evening listening to some live music for free, which doesn't come often in Stockholm.

It's the Vasa Ship Museum in Stockholm. Very cool.

shap_half
Mar 4th, 2011, 02:38 AM
I'm actually staying at the Scandin Anglais for my three nights in Stockholm :) Got a great deal!

Ah, very good. Scandic Malmen is the hotel that has a bar where there are live performers. I don't know what the line-up is like, but the shows are always free. It's right next to the subway, too.

Apparently the neighborhood of SoFo is quite fun as it's the emerging, "boho" nabe of Stockholm. It's chockfull of bars and vintage shops.

IIRC, we spoke briefly when you came to visit NYC, right? I hope you had a great time!

thalle
Mar 4th, 2011, 05:31 AM
But the only real place to see ships is the Vikingshipmuseum in Roskilde, Denmark :p

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 5th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Ah, very good. Scandic Malmen is the hotel that has a bar where there are live performers. I don't know what the line-up is like, but the shows are always free. It's right next to the subway, too.

Apparently the neighborhood of SoFo is quite fun as it's the emerging, "boho" nabe of Stockholm. It's chockfull of bars and vintage shops.

IIRC, we spoke briefly when you came to visit NYC, right? I hope you had a great time!

I remember posting a similar thread on New York, so its very possible :)

Thanks everyone again, actually trip planning everything tonight and I took all of you suggestions down!

I'm getting excited!

¤CharlDa¤
Mar 10th, 2011, 09:49 AM
Hey guys!

So I'm in Copenhagen, been raining cats and dogs all day now, same yesterday. But man, I LOVE this city!!!!!

I'll head out to check museums today as its just no time to walk around, tomorrow is supposed to be better, hopefully!